Win Big and Repeat! A Case Study

When a communication assessment at FedEx Express brought senior leaders and the communication department closer together, it paid off in a huge return on their investment. The assessment made it clear that there were considerable opportunities to improve results if the communication department could shift its focus from distributing news and information to improving business… Read more

Four Core Areas to Fast Track Comms Careers

Communication practitioners have access this week to knowledge that can help propel their careers. The world’s premier communication association launched its world conference in Montreal on Sunday. Since I became an  IABC* fellow nearly 20 years ago, I’ve only missed speaking at this conference a few times before now. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend this year…. Read more

From the Field: Improving Quality without Losing Productivity

You asked for more case studies. Here’s one. It was a big win for our client and it served as a pilot for even more successes throughout their company. The Challenge One of North America’s biggest logistics companies needed to reduce costs created by excessive damage in its supply chain. Most damage was occurring in… Read more

Communication Breakdowns = Lost Revenue

Our recent survey of Leadership Report readers produced a bucket-load of content suggestions for future Reports. (Thanks to all who participated.) Several suggestions centered on using case studies to “help us get the kinds of measurable results you talk and write about.” Today’s issue is in response to the requests for case studies received from… Read more

The Goldilocks Standard in Corporate Culture

Getting It Just Right I’ve been fascinated with organization culture since Terrence Deal and Allan Kennedy published Corporate Cultures: The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life in 1982. It was among the first serious books about corporate culture. Deal and Kennedy cut through the academic mumbo-jumbo and defined culture simply as “the way we do… Read more

Five Steps to Re-Inventing Communication in Business

Contemporary communication functions can make a huge financial impact on their organizations. As business leaders realize that communication functions don’t have to be value-sapping cost centers, the old days of “shoveling out stuff” are riding into the sunset. It’s very much the equivalent of the human resources transformation 25 years ago. HR was viewed as… Read more

Developing Effective First Line Leaders

What’s the one best way to develop first-line leaders’ communication skills?   Hint: it’s not just training. Having advised many of the companies that regularly churn out the best leaders, I believe the most effective type of leadership development comes from blending classroom training and on-the-job execution that’s targeted squarely at improving business results that matter…. Read more

Most IC Departments Don’t Add Real Value, But Can!

Last week, I delivered a keynote presentation in Dallas to more than 50 internal communication people representing many companies. The event was sponsored by Poppulo, the social media firm based in Ireland. The focus: How to shift from cost centers to value creators. Historically, internal communication managed formal channels that included town hall meetings, newsletters,… Read more

Can We Start with Civility in Business Meetings?

We ended 2017 with a Leadership Report entitled, “Bringing Civility Back,” because at the start of 2017, I naively wrote that I hoped political and news media pettiness could subside. No way! To the contrary, politicians have turned flat-out ugly and many in the news media seem to thrive on the Game of ‘Gotcha,” preferring… Read more

What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love

What the hell was I thinking? I just re-read my January, 2017 Leadership Report. The lead paragraph of that issue asks: “Is it possible to make political discussions more civil? Can we use our political conversations and posts to help us learn and grow, or at least start by pretending that despite what we might… Read more